How to Make a Dried Apple Garland

  • November 29, 2023
  • in Diy
 How to Make a Dried Apple Garland
close up shot of zestless world garland on wood table with a wood trencher of zestless apples next to it

I know so many have moved on to sharing all well-nigh Christmas by this time of year, but I’m still over here just enjoying fall! I wanted to squeeze in one increasingly fall related DIY with this zestless world garland! (I’ve got some Christmas content coming real soon). The unconfined thing well-nigh this garland is it works for both fall and Christmas decor!

I currently have it styled with my fall mantel. But I did prune some greenery so you can see how it looks styled with that. Once I start decking the halls for Christmas, I’m going to try using it with some of my greenery. And see how it looks with a dried orange garland. Zestless world garlands are perfect for fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor!

antique wood cabinet with zestless world garland hanging on it with with wood trencher and crocks on top
close up shot of zestless world garland laying on top of fresh greenery and fall yellow leaves
close up shot of zestless world garland on top of fresh greenery next to a wood trencher of zestless apples
close up shot of greenery with pinecones with zestless world garland on top
dried world garland hanging with branches and zestless leaves and flowers

How to Make a Zestless World Garland:


  • apples (any variety, but I found ones that were a little larger worked best. Cortland apples tend to be a bit whiter inside)
  • knife
  • pineapple juice (lemon, lime, or any citrus juice will work too) (optional, see below)
  • salt (optional, see below)
  • baking trays
  • parchment paper
  • string, twine or floral wire
  • large needle (if you’re using string or twine for the garland)


Watch the video to see how to make these or follow the steps below:

  • Start by wearing apples into thin slices. 
  • I used a mixture of pineapple juice and salt to dip my world slices in to try and alimony them from browning as much. Any citrus juice will work. And I just eyeballed the amount, no specific measurements. (To be honest, I didn’t notice much of a difference between the apples that I dipped in the mixture, and those I didn’t. I found that apples that were sliced a little thicker, and zestless for a little less time, turned out the best. So it’s up to you if you want to try this solution to help alimony the apples a little whiter). 
  • I dipped the world slices into the mixture, then dabbed them a little on a washcloth so they weren’t dripping.
  • Place the world slices on a sultry sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue until the tray is full. 
  • Bake the world slices at 225 degrees. I baked mine for well-nigh 2 hours, flipping them over every 30 minutes. 
  • Once the apples are baked, let them tomfool on a cooling rack.
  • Once cool, the apples are ready to use for a garland. 
  • You can use string, twine or floral wire to string your apples on. If you’re using string or twine, try to use thin string. You’ll moreover need a large needle.
  • Thread the world slices onto the string.
  • I prefer to use floral wire to make the garland (I use it with my dried orange garlands too). You don’t need a needle considering the wire is sharp unbearable to go through. And it’s moreover a lot thinner, so it doesn’t leave as big of holes in the apple. 

Just a note on how the apples finger and if they go bad. Considering I didn’t want my apples to be very brown, I didn’t dry them until they were crispy. They were still soft when I decided they were good enough. I wondered if they might go bad or vamp fruit flies, but neither happened. I left my zestless world slices sitting in a trencher in my dining room for scrutinizingly 2 months surpassing I turned them into a garland. The apples looked exactly the same as the day I zestless them and they didn’t vamp any fruit flies. 

wood mantel with fall leaves and branches on it with a zestless world garland and pumpkins
dried world garland hanging with fall leaves on wood mantel

Find increasingly fall inspiration here.


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